David Hall packs a punch with Dunphy in his corner
MORTGAGE debt campaigner David Hall insists that Independent TDs have shown how non-party politics can play a big role in national affairs.
Mr Hall was launching his campaign as an independent candidate in the Dublin West by-election on May 23.
He was joined by a range of Independent TDs from all sides of politics including Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shortall, Stephen Donnelly, Shane Ross, Peter Mathews and Paul Bradford.
Mr Hall is a founder of the Irish Mortgage Holders' Association and took a court challenge against the arrangements on Ireland's promissory notes in 2012. He was previously a member of Fianna Fail and was quite friendly with the late Brian Lenihan, the Finance Minister through much of the worst days of the banking crisis.
Launching his campaign, and paying tribute to the independent politicians who came out to support him, Mr Hall insisted he now has no links with Fianna Fail. "They represent the politics of the past, and I don't want to be associated with that," he said.
Mr Hall's election bid also has the backing of soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy, who posed for photographs with Mr Hall ahead of the election battle.
The Socialist Party has already nominated Councillor Ruth Coppinger for the by-election, while Fianna Fail has nominated Councillor David McGuinness and Sinn Fein will field Paul Donnelly. The Green Party's Roderick O'Gorman will run and Fine Gael is expected to nominate Senator Eamonn Coghlan. Labour is expected to nominate Lorraine Mulligan.